I believe in the dark and I believe we need an experience of it, we need to be in touch with it. Throughout our lives. It starts when we are born, young children are as strongly drawn to it as we are when we are older. They should not be kept away from it.
When I say "dark" I do not mean "morbid" or "evil".
The dark is kind, it is accepting, but it is also dangerous.
There are no clear borders . . . the dark allows you to be.
Simple, wild, naked, free. It does not burden you with what it thinks of you.
But it does know you.
And it takes courage to face the world - truly present and truly known.
I believe when turning to children (as well as when turning to grown-ups) we need to respect the fact that they too need a regular conversation with the dark. To live with the understanding that there is freedom, that there is more to things than what the light shines on. That there are things and creatures that are strange, beautiful, broken. And yes . . . there are things in the night that the wise do not touch.